I realized this weekend that I take better care of myself at PAX than I ever do outside of it. Hydrating, eating healthy food, getting lots of exercise… I’m pretty sure I’ve lost a good 10 lbs this weekend.
Setup and teardown are the strangest times within the show. Seeing all the booths and departments go from an empty room to the insanity that is the show, and then just come apart, all in what feels like the blink of an eye – it’s a bit mind blowing.
Tomorrow, when I go through those 4th floor Expo Hall doors, I’ll look out into an almost completely empty giant room, and I’ll feel that same empty pit in my chest. After 5 days of running on adrenaline and hivemind energy, the letdown and crash are real.
The Enforcer family is so amazing, there are no proper words to articulate how much they mean to me, especially the Expo [E]. The community, although not military in personality or execution, is close like veterans who have fought together on the front lines. Each department especially is like units who support each other under fire, and the bonds that are made are strong enough to last show to show and year to year.
With each day we get loopier and loopier, inane things become hysterical, and the best inside jokes are given birth.
I wish I could call out all the extraordinary people who make this show worth breaking myself both physically and mentally, but there are far too many and I don’t want to forget anyone in this exhausted state. But they are all extremely important to me, and they and this show are what fuel me through the rest of the year.
Thank you [E], I love you all and wish I could express to you how much you all mean to me. ❤